Schools Outreach

The department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion has an extensive outreach programme that aims to support the teaching of these subjects at GCSE, AS and A levels, as well as to encourage students to consider studying these subjects at university. We do this both through our long-standing interdisciplinary mindOUT Programme (see the link below) and also by means of events organised specifically by Politics, Philosophy and Religious Studies academics on themes from their subject areas.

PPR outreach activities and events for schools and teachers, include:

  • Study events for individual schools and colleges on their own premises, usually arranged through mindOUT.
  • Campus Visits: where we provide a sample lecture, a tour of the campus, and a question and answer session with an academic and current student about what it’s like to study at university
  • Campus Taster Days: a day devoted to a particular theme during which students in years 10-12 learn about, discuss and debate contemporary issues in Britain and in the world (recent taster days include: 'Should Religion Be Kept out of Politics?’, ‘Religion, Violence, and Security’, ‘Higher Education, Students and the State’)
  • Teachers’ Conferences: one or two-day conferences to support teachers with subject content and how to address recent changes in the GCSE and A level specifications (recent and upcoming Teachers’ Conference include: ‘Religious Studies Teachers’ Conference’, 'Teaching Islam within the new GCSE specifications’, Hinduism and Buddhism Teachers’ Conference’)
  • Teaching Resources for Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam: For the past two years we have created a number of teaching resources and discussion exercises for the teaching of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam that are relevant to most A Level specification and can, in some cases, be used at GCSE levels. Some of the topics include: primary texts, life after death, and women in Hinduism and Buddhism. All our resources are free and can be downloaded from a dropbox from Lancaster University. To get the link to the dropbox, please contact Katherine Young: k.young1@lancaster.ac.uk
  • New Political Minds: New Political Minds is The Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion’s flagship Politics and International Relations Summer School. Now in its 4th year, this event seeks to revitalise Politics/International Relations by bringing together at Lancaster the finest new political minds (16 -17 year olds) to build towards the future of UK Politics. New Political Minds 2018

“The connection we have with Lancaster University as a result of the outreach programme has been beneficial both to students and staff of Haslingden High School.  We have brought Y11 students to experience what an RS degree at a top university might be like as a way of raising their aspirations and Sixth Form students have attended really interesting sessions with Linda Woodhead and Charles Clarke on religion and contemporary society, sessions directly relevant to their A Level courses but at the same time expanding their understanding of the subject.  The opportunity to attend their teacher's conference was an excellent chance to meet other teachers, but most importantly, it gave me the chance, albeit briefly, to immerse myself in the subject I love as a student again - it was hugely energizing.” 

Benjamin Wood, Subject Leader for Religious Studies, Haslingden School, Vice-Chair (Secondary), National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE)

To book a Campus Visit or to find out more about any of our upcoming Taster Days or Conferences, please contact Katherine Young.